Is ‘Samson and Delilah’ a fake?


Salon gives good coverage to the argument around the Rubens painting’s authenticity. You can see the full painting at the National Gallery and I have to agree with detractors: I took one look at it and thought there was no way it was a Rubens. It really was a load of old tatt.

A few fun things about the article: the usual amusing Americanisms that appear whenever discussing anything foreign (eg “A London computer expert”); that the left-leaning Salon only quotes the equally left-wing The Guardian (Simon Schama’s review at that!) and the New Statesman as authoritative British journals; and the fact Euphrosyne Doxiadis seems to be a ‘divvy‘.

A brief history of Munch

Slate has a brief guide to Edvard Munch today. If you’re in New York, MoMA has an exhibition of his work at the moment; if you’re in London, the Royal Academy of Arts has an exhibition of his self-portraits; and if you’re in Oslo, you’ve probably already seen enough of Munch’s stuff to last a lifetime. But now’s as good a time as any to nip on over to Slate to find out more, and to whet your appetite for the real thing.